22 May 2013 13 Comments
Of all the Tarang movies Armaan is definitely the most sought after for several reasons including the fact that it stars Fawad Khan, who is the nation’s heartthrob. Additionally, Armaan is still etched in people’s memory as it is among Mr. Murad’s biggest hits and is considered a classic by many.
The makers have a huge feat in front of them. They have to remake a movie people have loved and doing justification to it is not a piece of cake. So, does Armaan pass the test or it falls below expectations? Let’s find out!
Armaan tells the story of Armaan (Fawad Khan) who lives with his grand pa (Manzoor Qureshi) and falls in love with Zarnaab (Aminah Sheikh). There’s a twist in the tale when Armaan’s deceased father’s will is read where he talks about his wish to get his son married to a distant relative. This sends Armaan to Murree to find the girl and ironically Zarnaab lives in the same city as well. So, what happens next? Does Armaan find the girl he loves or he has to fulfill his father’s wish? Watch it to find out!
First thing first, Armaan deserved the hype it received. The movie has been shot nicely and indeed looks like something made for the big screen. As far as the story is concerned it is not novel at all, of course you do not expect it to be after all it is a remake. However, the problem is that there is too much of déjà vu feeling here because similar stories have been seen several times, even in Bollywood flicks. However, the movie still works due to nicely crafted screenplay.
This is a love story where you get lost in the main characters and root for them to end up together. This is Armaan’s biggest strength as when you get involved in what you see onscreen, then it works.
The locales of Murree have been captured nicely on celluloid and gives the film a rich look. As far as the dialogues are concerned (several people have been credited for the screenplay including Vasay and Anjum) they are hip and written keeping the modern sentiments in mind. Vasay’s one liners especially are a riot.
The screenplay moves really nicely and you don’t feel bored; however, some episodes do not translate well onscreen, such as the Fawad and Aminah’s second meeting. If it is supposed to be funny then it wasn’t, if it was supposed to be romantic then it failed there as well.
The direction by Anjum Shahzad is good but immature at times. The gun scenes is abrupt, the climax revelation scene could’ve been a lot better. Additionally, he handles the romantic sequences pretty well. It has been proven that romance is his forte.
As for music, the songs are nice, even though most people do not seem to like the remixes. But, my problem is picturization and choreography, especially the Koko Korina song, could’ve been better. It looks more like one of Tarang’s TV commercials.
One of the best things it he acting that is top notch. Fawad Khan is Armaan takes to this role and fits it perfectly. He is thoroughly entertaining to watch in every scene. Watch him showing misery when talking to Sharfu Baba or those romantic scenes. Pick anything and he’s perfect. Aminah Sheikh is a beauty who can very easily move to the big screen and do wonders. Her amazing personality, incredible dialogue delivery and expressions are filmy and work like anything. Plus, the two share thrilling chemistry onscreen. Vasay, too, deserves accolades. The actor gives similar performances but always standout. The rest of the cast is in full form as well.
Overall, Armaan doesn’t have a novel story but it still works thanks to great action and romance that people look for. The movie is not perfect as it is pretty immature at places, yet it has its heart in the right place. This will keep you hooked on for good 2+ hours.
Rating: [extra half star for the effort]